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Though everybody is aware of drug abuse and its ill effects, many are not aware of the International Day of Drug Awareness and Abuse.

Hence, it becomes imperative for social welfare organisations to create awareness of the day, which falls on June 26. Probably, the Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwarya Vishwa Vidyalayam had realised this well in advance as they came out with an awareness exhibition at the Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand and Periyar Bus Stand depicting the information on drug abuse through charts and pictures.

Volunteers explained the importance of practising Raja Yoga to help kick the habit. Men and women of all ages visited the exhibition. Since it was organised at the bus stands, which always bustle with human activity, a huge number of public, visited the exhibitions.

Earlier, the Corporation Commissioner, D.J. Dinakkaren, inaugurated the exhibition.

A curiosity for medicinal plants is fast picking up in the city.

Researchers and Botany faculty in colleges have lined up projects to propagate economic and health benefits of medicinal plants' cultivation. One such effort is coming up from a faculty member of Saraswathi Narayanan College, S. Rathinavel, who is soon initiating steps for documentation of rare medicinal plants in and around the city. Dr. Rathinavel, who is the Reader in Centre for Research in Botany, is also looking at setting up of a `medicinal park' on the college campus to create awareness among rural people and give training for mass cultivation and conservation of value-added plants.

His enthusiasm for in-vitro propagation of medicinal plants got further fillip when he recently bagged the `Dr. Gurusamy Mudaliar Award' for environmental protection and received it at a function organised at Chennai by the Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu. He received the award from the Forest Minister, M. Vaithialinagam, and returned to Madurai with a message: that the city needs medicinal plants and people just can't miss them.

As his environment-related projects take shape, may be, many more Maduraites will join the bandwagon. It is the right prescription indeed!

Contributions from T. Saravanan and

Shastry V Mallady

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